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“Stunning Monastery | Super drive to it through the Gorge!”

The Holy Monastery of Preveli
Ranked #4 of 84 things to do in Rethymnon
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Reviewed December 20, 2013

I drove from Rethymo to the Preveli Monastery by scooter, and the views to get to it was amazing, and i mean amazing. I am talking in particular to the gorge that splices its way through!

When you are nearly there, enjoy the views of the beach and look out for the WW2 statues and memorials.

At the monastery was simply great. This history of this place is fantastic and you buy souvenirs too! The priest was nice, he liked my name as it the holiest of boys names(thanks Mum!!) My name is Banayiodis (also spelt in many ways such as Panagiotis). It means All saint and is the masculine of Panagiota which comes form the Virgin Mary.

This is a very peaceful place to visit, with a nice well, memorials from WW2 and a place to pray too!!

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Reviewed December 4, 2013

We wanted to see the monastery because of the history with the Allied Soldiers in WW2.
Very stunning position with gorgeous views down the coast. Not a lot to see inside -but a good monastery experience with a few worthy bits in the museum.
The drive from the north coast was easy and dramatic through a gorge -good wide road.
Made a good destination together with Palm Beach which calls you once you look down there!
We went early to avoid the crowds -so both were very pleasant and peaceful.

Thank BronwynMelbourne
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Reviewed October 23, 2013

Lovely monastery, wonderful location lots of history not far from Preveli beach so we suggest you do the two together on the same trip

Thank Linda M
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Reviewed October 17, 2013

What a superb location, mountains behind and sea in front. You just want to become a Monk and stay. It is all very pretty, and very historic. Its own history, and the way it assisted the escape of British troops in WWII add drama to your experience, and if you are in the vicinity then it's worth an hour of your time

1  Thank redsimon
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Reviewed September 29, 2013

Preveli Monastery is a small cloister in a site of great beauty at the top of the cliffs looking out towards the Libyan Sea on the south coast of Crete. It is only accessible by a winding road across the clifftops, that road being single track at times. There is ample parking in a large car park from which great views exist. Most visitors will want to double up the monastery and Preveli Beach which is a short distance away and then a walk down the cliffs. Also nearby is a WWII memorial though that memorial appears not to be open to the public. Entry to the monastery is €2.

As there are so few tourist locations in the south of Crete there are quite a lot of people passing through. There is not a huge amount for them to see. This is an ecclesiastical building and is generally well-kept so looks nice. There are a few different buildings on site but only a couple are accessible - the museum and church. The church itself is quite small. It is nice looking and filled with traditional Orthodox imagery. The museum is not particularly impressive, offering quite little insight into the importance of the location.

The most moving section is a series of murals dedicated to liberty during WWII. The role of a senior clergyman in the area in fighting back against occupation is outlined but not detailed.

There is an area a level down with a series of animals. There appears to be no way down to see them which for small children is a disappointment.

By far the worst kept part of the complex is the living quarters. It is quite run-down. The aesthetic lifestyle of a monk in these parts clearly requires devotion.

As there are not too many places to visit in southern Rethymnon prefecture this place will continue to be popular but the best bits about it are the views which are absolutely stunning.

2  Thank Malarchy
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